by The East Cork Journal
Youghal’s Sinéad Kane continues to defy the odds – and this week she set another world record in Dublin.
The visually-impaired athlete, who successfully completed the World Marathon Challenge last year, took to the treadmill, just after 9am, on Monday last, at the Clayton Hotel on the Burlington Road Dublin, for a Guinness World Record attempt, of a different kind. Sinéad was aiming to cover the most distance, by a female athlete, on a treadmill, in a 12 hour period – and therefore setting a new world record.
After 12 hours of what was an extremely gruelling challenge, the East Cork native successfully broke the previous record, held by Bernadette Benson from Perth (128.60 km), by setting a new world record of 130.50 km (81.09 miles).
Speaking after setting a new Guinness World Record – for the greatest distance run on a treadmill in 12 hours (female) – a delighted Sinéad said; ‘‘I couldn’t have done it without a super team around me. I have to give a special mention to John O’ Regan. His expertise in ultra-running is what has brought me to where I am today. (Thanks to) Louis, my physio, for all the time and help he has given me and (thanks) to his wife Anne – I can’t thank them both enough. There are so many people who helped me on Monday and in the lead up to it. I’ll be forever grateful.
‘‘Thanks also to Allianz Ireland for sponsoring my Guinness World Record attempt. Having the adjudicator from GWR on-site ensured there were no issues or complications and that meant my evidence could be validated on the day. Thanks to all those who helped make this possible.’’
This latest feat is another remarkable achievement for the 35 year old, who became Ireland’s first legally blind solicitor in recent years, along with becoming the first blind athlete to successfully complete the World Marathon Challenge.